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Padres Vs. Braves Lineups: Juan Francisco Replaces Chipper Jones At Third

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and third baseman Chipper Jones have done a great job communicating and scheduling off-days for the veteran third baseman. There is no denying Chipper's impact on the lineup is huge whenever he starts, but his 40-year-old legs simply cannot withstand the strain of a 162-game season.

Jones missed last Friday night's game due to back spasms, so it's been a while since he's been out of the batting order. He will be out on Wednesday night, according to the lineups released by the Braves.

Juan Francisco has been a pleasant surprise for Atlanta in recent months, doing a very nice job in backup duties while Jones rests. Francisco will bat sixth and start at third.

Here is the rest of the Braves' lineup:

Michael Bourn - CF
Martin Prado - LF
Jason Heyward - RF
Freddie Freeman - 1B
Dan Uggla - 2B
Juan Francisco - 3B
Brian McCann - C
Paul Janish - SS
Paul Maholm - P

Chris Denorfia - RF
Logan Forsythe - 2B
Chase Headley - 3B
Carlos Quentin - LF
Yonder Alonso - 1B
Cameron Maybin - CF
Everth Cabrera - SS
Nick Hundley - C
Edinson Volquez - P

First pitch from Turner Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

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